Today is our usual day for prayer requests, and I don't want to take away from that opportunity to share.
I'd like to continue our study, though, and then leave room for requests....
Our passage yesterday started like this:
(I Peter 1:17)Does Peter have in mind a cringing, subservient fear? Does he mean the irrational fear that causes paranoia? I don't believe so....Peter was raised and trained in the Hebrew way, and the rabbis would have tasked him with memorizing much of the Torah, the Proverbs, and the prophets. I think if we look at verses there, we may understand more fully what Peter means, because the fear of the Lord is a major theme!
Rather than a cringing fear, we see a quality that is a key to long life, wisdom, and happiness. It's apparent that the writer of Proverbs saw it as a positive, not as a negative.
Two other verses can help us understand:
Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever! (Deuteronomy 5:29)
So it's an attitude of our heart -- something that we don't approach lightly or flippantly.
And....it's a choice, too:
It's a choice, and it's an attitude of the heart. This is getting more interesting by the minute, don't ya think?
Have you some verses that you found in your study that you can add?
Do you have a prayer request that we can join you in bearing up to the Lord? Allow us the privilege of praying with you.